They tend to say no one ever really dies in the comic books. These characters can always, and usually almost always are, brought back to life in some way or another. Really, some of the very few deaths that have stayed permanent are Peter Parker's Uncle Ben, and the parents of Bruce Wayne - Thomas and Martha. At one point, the death of Captain America's sidekick, Bucky Barnes, seemed to be a pretty permanent death. Until the brilliant writer Ed Brubaker decided to bring him back, by making him a brainwashed assassin. It's safe to say that when a major hero dies, even if it takes a couple of decades, they'll eventually return somehow.
But does this make their deaths any less significant? For some, a major superhero dying is always going to feel a bit hollow and pointless, because, in the back of their mind, they know it isn't going to last. And it all fairness, that is actually a pretty valid point of view to have when things like this happen. But even then, if it is advertised well enough in advance, a major death can certainly drum-up huge conversation. Not only will it make the news, with media outlets talking about the shocking decision, but it just may, in fact, bring in more sales from readers, which is never a bad thing at the end of the day.
This is what happened with characters like Superman way back in the 1990s. Since then, there have been numerous announcements of characters that are going to be killed off in upcoming issues. Geoff John's recent DC Rebirth brought back some very beloved characters that disappeared from DC continuity for quite some time. The Flash, Supergirl, even Spider-Man have all met their end in tragic stories, but they were all able to go out like heroes. One thing is for sure, there are a number of deaths that left a much more significant impact on readers and comics than others. Here are 10 of them.
10 Ted Kord/Blue Beetle
7 Hal Jordan/Green Lantern
6 Steve Rogers/Captain America
5 Jason Todd/Robin
3 Barry Allen/The Flash
2 Jean Grey
1 Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy has been one of Peter Parker's biggest love interests, but she can technically be put on the list due to her being her own hero in Spider-Gwen. Even though that's much more recent, Gwen's death occurred decades ago and was one of the most pivotal moments in the life of Spider-Man, right up there with Uncle Ben's death. The Green Goblin threw Gwen off of the George Washington Bridge, and despite Peter's efforts to catch her with his webbing, he realized she was dead when he pulled her up to safety. Her neck was broken and he was never sure if the whiplash from his webbing caused it, or if Green Goblin had broken it previously - which just made her death that much more difficult for Peter.
It stayed with him for several issues after this. He tracks the Goblin down and avoids being killed by his glider, as it kills the Goblin instead. However, Spider-Man gets blamed for his death, while he is still grieving over the loss of his girlfriend.
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